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AV Rant #503: Ridicule

September 15th, 2016 No comments

AV Rant 500th_1000pxTechnical changes behind the scenes meant no Live on Air broadcast nor 2-hour YouTube video this week. Please bear with us as we make some transitions.

We have a new AV Rant YouTube Page for you to check out!

Our Listeners of the Week are Scott, Ian, Jesse, Michael R., and Heath for their donations; Kris I. for letting APC know he bought their power protection products because of AV Rant; and, our congratulations to Byron who’s been listening to AV Rant since he was an Ensign, and now he has been promoted to Lieutenant Commander!

In the news, Rob was a guest on Entertainment 2.0 Podcast to discuss HDR and HD Audio. Kaleidescape is back open for business! Sony announced the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim with HDR support coming to all PS4 consoles. And Apple launched the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with no headphone jack.

Russ says we gave him the audio upgrade bug that brought him all the way to a 7.2.4 Atmos setup, and he’s loving the results! And Toby H. shared Germany’s Hollywood-Theatres “Ultimate Line” video, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, a $1,500 theater where only about $200 was spent on AV gear.

Jeff G. asks why Denon’s new AVR-X4300H mentions 11.1 channel processing but only 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 Atmos capability on its webpage. Heath plans to move ahead with his basement home theater build using some of our suggestions. He asks about GFCI electrical outlets, false wall construction, our recommended Seymour AV Retractable screen and Elite Screens AcousticPro UHD, subwoofer choices, Aperion Audio Verus Forte speakers, seating placement, and any extra tips.

Miles W. has a friend in need of some SoundBar settings advice. Infinite Gary asks how we think Phase Technology DARTS compares to JBL Synthesis ARCOS. And J wants to know if measurements can prove that dual subwoofers will work well for him.

Neil H. wants some speaker brand suggestions in New Zealand. In addition to Klipsch and Wharfedale, we mention Dali, and KEF. Neil also asks what household items could be used as absorption just as a proof of concept. Antoine asks about bi-pole/di-pole Surround speakers vs. monopoles, we suggest EMPTek E3b Satellite speakers for Atmos, and Belden speaker wire from Parts-Express when you want a black jacket. And Michael R. asks why his Windows 10 desktop doesn’t look right on his HDTV, as well as Kodi Audio Settings.

Matt G. gets our take on Reference Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, and subjective speaker sensitivity. Mark G. could use the Whitegoods LightMeter App to measure his partially sunlit room. Seymour AV’s Matinee Black screen could help, but we think the Epson HC 3500 projector is his best choice. And Kevin A. has an aftermarket car audio connection question.

Ted M. asks about DACs, but we end up talking about amps. He also asks about tubes, and what makes Auro-3D different from Atmos and DTS:X. Alan C. says our crossover settings advice helped him, and he wants our opinions on his attempts to “trick” Audyssey by partially covering his tweeters during measurement. Jonathan F. forwarded High Def Digest’s Dolby Atmos Beyond 7.1.4 – Part 2 article. And Josh Zyber, the author of that article, had some bones to pick with us, and we live up to our name with a ranty reply!


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AV Rant #502: The Last Hangout

September 9th, 2016 No comments

AV Rant 500th_1000pxOur Listeners of the Week are Vincent, Rohan, Russell, and Heath for their donations, as well as Anthony B., Jay C., and Heath B. for telling SVS that their recent purchases were thanks to AV Rant’s recommendations.

Our SVS Giveaway is now open for entry for residents of the USA and Canada. So come to, enter your email address, and good luck!

In the news, the SVS Prime Elevation Speakers should be available very soon. Antoine let us know that Plex released their DVR software, although it comes with many limitations. IFA 2016 included HLG HDR, the JVC Blu-Escient DLA-Z1, Panasonic DMP-UB700, Sony prototype Ultra HD Blu-ray player, and Philips 901F OLED with Ambilight. Intel Kaby Lake CPUs add 4K and HDCP 2.2 support that Tyler F. noted will allow Sony ULTRA Streaming to come to PCs. Google has a 4K Chromecast Ultra in the works. And our own Producer Austen celebrated 100 Episodes of We Watch Movies Podcast!

We are over the moon about Ash’s DIY bass traps that he made out of bookcases. And Michael I. confirms that DTS:X firmware updates are rolling out to 7-channel Denon Receivers.

Larry S. wants to know which Denon or Marantz Receiver to buy. Vince S. asks if we think extremely bright output will kill the OLED market. And Chris S. wants to know if he should buy the Pioneer Andrew Jones speakers or spend more for the EMP Tek Impression Series or Ascend Acoustics CBM-170SE.

Justin B. asks about DIY absorption panel placement and whether diffusion panels are worth it in his case. Rohan tries to correct us about his marble room, but we prefer to reject his reality and replace it with our own. He asks about video calibration and how to use Denon’s “web control” to save his settings. And Kris points out an unimaginable error that Rob made, then asks about surge protection, where we recommend APC J15BLK, J25B, Back-UPS 750, or P8V depending on what level of protection is needed.

Anthony B. asks about connecting his new subwoofers along with his self-powered speakers. Jay C. moved one of his subs and mostly likes the results. Now he has aesthetic concerns, and digs into some of the minutia of placement and orientation. And Michael R. sorts through some more HTPC audio woes, and we point him to CinemaNow Canada for new release rentals.

Terry G. wants to confirm that Silver Ticket Woven Acoustic is a good choice. Mitch gets us to detail our differing approaches to setting speaker toe in and distance. Mark M. asks about the channel indicator on a Marantz front display. And Neil was impressed by Audioholics’ HSU ULS-15 Mk2 review and asks if it will pair well with his Power Sound Audio 15S.


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AV Rant #501: Dual Sub Calibration

September 1st, 2016 No comments

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Our Listeners of the Week are Jay, Charles, Jim, Karl, and Bruce for their donations, and Jason S. for letting SVS know his dual PC-2000 subwoofer purchase was partially because of AV Rant’s recommendation, and mostly because his wife said, “order two” when she saw the cylinders vs. the big boxy versions!

Entry for our AV Rant Podcast 500th Episode Celebration SVS 1000 Series Giveaway is open Sept. 01, 2016 for US and Canadian residents only. Best of luck to everyone who enters by submitting your email address and agreeing to receive the SVS Newsletter!

In the news, Infinite Gary sent us a statement from the Vice Chairman of Lionsgate declaring that DVD is still a “massive business”. Antoine noticed the HSU Research Labor Day Sale. PlayStation Plus subscription prices are going up starting Sept. 22. uncovered Five new Roku models (some with HDR). And for a comprehensive Fall 2016 TV Preview, check out IGN.

Bill P. will most likely buy the KEF Q Series speakers we recommended. Wesley M and Michael I. inform us that their Denon Receivers have also installed the DTS:X firmware. Scott S. supports our opinion that modern Receivers fundamentally sound the same. And Scott, Ian, and Ara Derderian from the HT Guys provided links to more PLEX and NVidia Shield TV guides, including: SPMC Kodi + PLEX, a PLEX Client App comparison, and PLEX Server on the NVidia Shield TV.

Ted M. explains his on-wall speaker comparisons and is waiting to see if Ascend Acoustics expands beyond the Sierra Sat . Justin C. found a great deal on a Denon AVR-X4200W, so we discuss its capabilities and how low we think prices might go as the newer models arrive. Lior M. asks for official info on the upcoming Audyssey App, but the best we have are the European Denon and Marantz announcements. And Andrew N. wonders if adding one more subwoofer will basically let him pressurize his whole house.

Infinite Gary asks about the manual audio delay setting in his Lexicon Pre-Pro, and asks for our opinions on some Center speakers. Will T. wants some Movie Poster DIY Absorption Panels, and we name Rainy Lake Audio and SpoonFlower as places to get the prints done. We also provide a step-by-step guide on setting up dual subwoofers. And Jonathan F. found an article describing how to use three Receivers together to “Go Beyond 7.1.4 Atmos“, but Rob asks, why not add a fourth?

Justin B. asks if he can run Atmos and reassign his Surround Back outputs to Zone 2 at the same time. Kris I. wants to know about “black” projection screens, how to best orient bi-pole speakers on the ceiling for Atmos, and whether it’s worth aiming ceiling speakers. And Anthony B. asks if he should prioritize room treatments or subwoofers, whether dual SVS PB-2000 can pressurize his room or if he should spend a bit more on our recommended HSU VTF-3 Mk5 DualDrive Package, how to integrate his powered speakers after adding subs, how large a screen he should buy, and which roll-down acoustically transparent screens are best, so we suggest: Seymour AV, Elite Screen Saker Tab-Tension AcousticPro UHD, or EluneVision AudioWeave 4K Tab-Tensioned.

Michael R. asks why surround sound doesn’t work using Netflix on a web browser. Ryan M. doesn’t want a Vizio TV, so we suggest the Samsung J6200 Series. And Mike M. gets our thoughts on Shure’s in-ear monitor lineup.

Karl R. wants to know which Atmos Blu-ray Tom found at a Redbox. Bruce M. gets our thoughts on replacing his older Klipsch speakers, adding a false wall, and positioning his subwoofers. And Gaylen H. wonders if Tom and Rob are just talking off the tops of our heads, or if we actually do research!


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AV Rant #500.1: Part 2: The Second Barrel

August 25th, 2016 No comments

AV Rant 500th_1000pxWe return with a 2nd part to our 500th Episode Celebration!

We have even more Listeners of the Week: Kris I., Efrain M., and Lee V. – thank you all so much for donating to support AV Rant Podcast!

More news: Valens Semiconductor responded to CE Pro 18 Gbps HDBaseT inquiries. And Jonathan F. confirmed that the Denon AVR-X220W and AVR-S910W received their DTS:X firmware updates! Furthermore, cross-brand upmixing is present, indicating that other models should be receiving similar updates soon.

Infinite Gary bought a Lexicon MC-8 Pre-Pro, and he asks about speaker options, XLR vs. RCA connections, the Outlaw Audio Model 5000 amplifier, and Center speakers with boundary compensation, such as the: Revel C208, Focal Pro Twin 6 Be, and Aperion Audio Verus Grand Center. Nick B. gets some clarification on Reference Volume and what’s going on with Audyssey Dynamic EQ. And Luke gets our honest advice about where we think his money is best spent. DIY Movie Poster Acoustic Panels top our list, followed closely by auditioning Center speakers from brands offering free 2-way shipping, such as: SVS Prime, Aperion Audio Intimus 5C, and Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1.

Chris wants to know if it’s worth upgrading a piece at a time in his wide open living space. We think it is, and we think affordable speakers like the: Pioneer Andrew Jones, EMP Tek E3 Series, NHT Super Series, or Focal Bird would be a great place to start. Jonathan F. read the Audioholics Towers of Power article and wants to know if the comments about massive headroom allowing for great linearity at moderate SPLs hold water. Dave M. wants to know if Dolby Surround Upmixer and DTS Neural:X Upmixer will do a better job with 7.1 soundtracks vs. 5.1 soundtracks. And Scott H. is hearing nasty sounds from Dolby Digital Plus soundtracks streamed by Netflix that we think might be solved by a Denon AVR-X1000 firmware update.


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AV Rant #500: SVS Announcement

August 25th, 2016 No comments

AV Rant 500th_1000pxIt’s our 500th Episode Celebration! An event so big, we spread it across two nights. So welcome to Part 1!

Our Listeners of the Week are Shawn, William, Jeff, Jay, Luke, and Christian for their generous donations, and also Justin B. for letting Emotiva know his Airmotiv B1 speaker purchase was because of AV Rant, as well as a huge thank you to Ash for creating our custom 500th Episode artwork! We love it.

To celebrate this landmark event, AV Rant Podcast is partnering up with SVS for our first big giveaway! Entry for the giveaway will begin in September, 2016. So don’t worry, you haven’t missed anything yet. We will be giving out full details in the coming weeks. And for those of you who enjoy the YouTube version of AV Rant Podcast, Google moving Hangouts to YouTube Live will mean some format changes in the weeks ahead. Read more…


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